BREAKING NEWS -
Long Beach Hits Record Low Water Use in August;
19% Below 10-Year Average; City is Nearly
10% Below 10-Year Average YTD
City has 8th record setting month since September
That was the headline in the press release from Ryan Alsop of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners this week so the question comes to mind, How is L.A. doing?
OK, that was too easy no double-doubles for getting it right.
The Department of Water and Power numbers aren’t in for August but in July total water use in L.A. was up .4 % over a year earlier but down 3.8 % in June from the previous June.
But don’t blame homeowners who got socked with a whopping rate increase. Single family home water use fell for the 12th straight month, by 4.7 % in June and 4.5 % in July.
In other words, water use is actually up in the city except for the efforts of the people most despised by City Hall — homeowners. Maybe that explains the strategy for using recycled toilet water for home use: It will cut down a lot more on how much water is used.
Long Beach has taken a different strategy by imposing tough but sensible conservations measures 12 months ago and engaging in a massive campaign to inform the public about the need to conserve water.
The results are fantastic:
August 2008 water demand was 18.9 % below
the 10-year average and July was down 18 %. Water demand overall is running 9 % below the 10-year average.